UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is a Netflix reboot of the beloved old true-crime series. It’s sort of a docu-reality production and it works perfectly. Also, you can’t help but feel nostalgic when Robert Stack appears in the intro. Read our Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1 Review here!
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is a new Netflix series. Or, actually, it’s a reboot of the beloved true-crime series that was around before “True Crime” was even a genre. Also, the series was sort of a docu-reality series before this even existed.
Just as it was the case with the original series, each episode does a deep-dive into a specific case. An unsolved case, obviously, since the point of this series is to deal with the mysteries of said case. I always end up getting very invested despite these episodes being just under the one hour mark.
Clearly, this means the episodes are produced perfectly because that’s the point; Get the audience interested and engaged which will (hopefully) result in new leads that can help crack the case!
Continue reading our Unsolved Mysteries volume 1 review below.
Unsolved Mysteries without host Robert Stack
My great fear was that this Unsolved Mysteries reboot wouldn’t work as well without a host. In the original series, Robert Stack was the host in 291 episodes from 1987 to 2002. For me, he was synonymous with this true-crime series. Just as I’m sure he was for many others.
Robert Stack passed away in 2003 and so, he obviously couldn’t be part of this new Netflix reboot. That’s why it was a perfect homage to see Robert Stack appear in the new Unsolved Mysteries intro. In fact, his face is clearly seen as the title card appears which ensures that he is still part of the whole Unsolved Mysteries universe.
Well played, Netflix, very well played. That’s how you do a reboot and tip your hat respectfully to the original.
Six episodes featuring six mysteries
The first six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries will no doubt leave you wanting more. Fortunately, we already know that more cases are coming to Netflix. In fact, at least 12 episodes are part of this reboot.
That’s why this first part of the Unsolved Mysteries reboot on Netflix is also called “Volume 1”. The second part will be titled – you guessed it, I hope – “Volume 2” and feature an additional six episodes.
Right now, you have the following six episodes to watch:
- “Mystery on the Rooftop” is episode 1
- “13 Minutes” is episode 2
- “House of Terror” is episode 3
- “No Ride Home” is episode 4
- “Berkshires UFO” is episode 5
- “Missing Witness” is episode 6
We’ve watched half of the episode for this review and the production quality is of the very high level we’ve come to expect from Netflix documentary productions. Also, many cases tend to have elements that will irk you. Just as they do they people living through these tragedies.
Just a fair warning!
This is a documentary and you can’t help but feel that some of these real-life people will soon have to face real-life consequences. Such as, if you refuse to talk to the police when your best friend dies, then people will probably be looking at you very differently after watching this episode.
Watch Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1 on Netflix now!
Volume 1 of Unsolved Mysteries has 6 episodes and you will probably end up watching them very fast. It’s fascinating and scary to hear these stories. Especially the ways in which things can be “ruled a suicide” which is an all-too-familiar conclusion when a case needs to be closed.
Overall, there are episodes where you will sit back with the feeling of “Is this really unsolved?”.
Yes, I’m looking at you, Episode 2. Sure, I don’t know anything, but I can certainly see why family members and friends of the victim seem to think they know who the killer is. Let’s just say that the accused person does not come across as very sympathetic in that episode.
Anyway, if you were a fan of the original series, then you definitely need to check out this Unsolved Mysteries reboot on Netflix as well. And then we’ll all be crossing our fingers for cases to be solved. First and foremost for the bereaved, of course. And, on a much more selfish note; So they can make an Unsolved Mysteries follow-up episodes.
When you watch the episodes, please note that you can always go to the website unsolved.com with any tips or leads!
Volume 1 of Unsolved Mysteries is out on Netflix from July 1, 2020.
The iconic series UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is back! Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the 6 new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable — from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter. Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery.